What a very strange spring it has been! With such a long winter and tons of snow on the ground, we had a slightly late start to our spring here. After it had seemed like spring finally arrived, we moved almost straight into some weather that was so hot and dry, it could’ve been summer! We were able to get most of our transplants in the ground quickly during this time and they started growing like crazy! And then the cold snap came in late May (what?!? and only 44 degrees tomorrow night?!?), and frost warnings had us pulling out every piece of row-cover we own and blanketing the farm to protect all of these tender plants. Luckily, we only saw minor frost damage on a few peppers and flowers, and they seem to have recovered quickly.
Many of our direct seeded greens were rather unhappy with the heat and lack of water and had pretty spotty germination. To make up for that, we re-seeded a lot of things (arugula, radishes, hakurei turnips, etc), so we are expecting to have an abundance of them when they catch up by the 2nd or 3rd week of the CSA! Luckily, we’ve actually been getting some rain lately, which has helped to reduce the stress on so many of the plants and allowed us to seed even more veggies.
All that being said, we are so excited that it is time for the CSA pick ups to start again! We’re so happy to have so many returning members to catch up with and a handful of new members to meet! If you are a member, you already received an email from us a couple of days ago about pick-ups, but this is a reminder that they start tomorrow in Gardiner (2:30 to 7) and Wednesday in Garrison (4-7). Bi-weekly egg shares will begin in Garrison this week and Gardiner next week.
Here’s what we are expecting to be in the first share:
Kale or collards (with quite a few varieties to choose from!)
Spring Garlic (use the entire plant–you can even cook up the leaves!)
As usual, we’ll see at harvest time if there’s enough of anything else ready to add in and, again, we expect quite a few other items to be ready by the 2nd and 3rd pick ups.
Please remember to bring your own bags, if at all possible! We will have plastic bags available if you need them. We will also put out some large ziploc-type bags if you need them–these are our favorite way to store pretty much all greens in the fridge, so feel free to use them (and re-use them for later pick ups!). We find that greens stay fresher much longer if stored loose in these bags–removing all rubber bands prior to storage is also helpful.
Finally, although I’m sure most of you don’t need much inspiration for how to use spring garlic (also called green garlic if you want to look up more about it), I couldn’t resist these two recipes: